Hi All –
Happy Friday! Happy day after Thanksgiving! Sorry this is a little later getting out than usual, but the office is closed today, so I’m over here typing it instead of Kay (so please forgive any typos!). I hope you and yours had a great day together yesterday. I had fun being with a portion of our family at my nephew Bo’s new home. It was their first time hosting Thanksgiving and they did a great job. We missed the rest of the family, but they too were celebrating – from Washington State to Alabama to Philadelphia to South Carolina and more! It’s tough to get a family that now numbers 34 all together these days!
Anyway, on to the business at hand! Here’s what’s happening at the church this weekend:
- On Sunday, Advent begins! We’ll mark the beginning of this four week journey to Christmas by lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath, singing new responses, and starting a new sermon series – “What Can I Get You for Christmas?” The answer this week – “A Limb.” Come to worship and find out what that means!
- Also on Sunday, my Advent Lunch and Learn class begins. We’ll be using Kyle Idleman’s video series entitled “The Christmas Experience.” We’ll meet in Weldin Hall and begin with lunch. Almost 25 people have signed up, but there’s still room for more, so if you’d like to take part in this four week series which takes place all of the Sundays in Advent from 12:30 – 2 p.m. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure there’s a place at the lunch table for you!
- If you have not turned in your 2016 financial pledge card, it’s not too late. We got a bunch more last Sunday and look forward to receiving the rest of them soon. The numbers are looking good, and we’ll report them when all the cards have come in. If you lost your card, or didn’t get one, please see the ushers on Sunday morning – they have extras.
- The last College Care Packages of the fall semester will be packed up this Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m. in Weldin Hall. So if you’re coming to the 8:30 service, you can still bring donations. And if you have some time on your hands and want to help pack the boxes, the team would welcome your help. Simply wander into Weldin Hall at 9:45 a.m.!
- The December newsletter is printed and ready to be picked up across from the Welcome Center, and it’s also already on line on our church’s website – elkton umc.org! Make sure to check it out, because December is filled with special services and events!
- Also available Sunday is this year’s Advent devotional. A devotion has been written for each day in Advent by a member or friend of our church, and they are wonderful (I’ve previewed them!). What a great way to start your day, and make your Advent journey! The devotional is also available on the church’s website!
- Hope a lot of you are stocking up on your baking supplies for the UMW Cookie Walk on December 12th! The UMW needs as many people to bake cookies as possible – so if you’d like to help, email Judy Tanner at Judytanner31@gmail.com to let her know how many you will bake.
- And I hope a lot of you are recording your activity times – especially those of you who have joined the madness shopping on Black Friday! Send your info to EUMCWalkers@gmail.com or text 443-350-4515. We’ve made it halfway around the world in our quest to circle the globe! Keep up the good work!
- Don’t forget to include in your prayers all who will help our church sponsor the first week of the Rotating Homeless Shelter starting on Monday. Thanks to everyone who has signed up to participate – we couldn’t do it without you! Check the Shelter poster on the Missions bulletin board on Sunday to see if your help might still be needed!
I think that’s it for now, except to say thank you to those who delivered our Thanksgiving gift cards yesterday. I heard from several of them who said that those who received them were surprised and very, very grateful that we remembered their sacrifice of working on a day when all of us were home with our families! Thanks for your gifts which make it possible for us to do this wonderful mission every Thanksgiving!
Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend! If you’re traveling, may you have a safe journey home. If you’re shopping, may you not max out your credit cards! If you’re blessed with another day off to spend with family and friends, be grateful! If you’re decorating your house for Christmas, let me know when you’re finished – you can do mine! Just kidding!
At any rate, have a great day, and I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday morning as we ring in a brand new Christian year with the start of Advent!
Grace and Peace,